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The Chief Marshal 

The Class Marshals 

Candidates for Masters Degree 

Candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree 

Faculty Emeriti 

The Faculty 

The Presidential Party 

The academic regalia, the academic processional, and the 
ceremonial program are part of an ancient tradition of learning. This tradition 
is a unified, solemn occasion at which only applause is appropriate. 

The audience is asked to refrain from any other form of expression 
and to reserve celebrations until the program is concluded. 

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Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President 

PRELUDE "Largo".... Handel 

Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist 

♦ACADEMIC PROCESSION "War March of the Priests" . . . Mendelssohn 

Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist 

INVOCATION Reverend Edward F. Carroll 

Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church 

SELECTION "Hallelujah From The Mt. Of Olives" ....Beethoven 

Savannah State University Concert Choir 
Mr. Willie E. Jackson, Director . . . Mr. Jerome Glover, Accompanist 


COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS The Honorable Roy E. Barnes 

Governor of Georgia 


Richard R. Wright Award Mrs. Virginia Edwards 

Cyrus G. Wiley Award ....Dr. Margaret C. Robinson and Mrs. Louise L. Owens 



Dean, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research 




Assisted by Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, 

Mr. Benjamin Allen, Registrar 
and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 


Vice President for Academic Affairs 


College of Business Administration Dr. MostafaH. Sarhan 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Otis S. Johnson 

College of Sciences and Technology Dr. Charlesworth Martin 


Assisted by the Academic Deans, 

Mr. Benjamin Allen, Registrar 

and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 


President, Savannah State University National Alumni Association 






Reading the Commissioning Document Dr. George N. Williams 

Dean, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research 
and Faculty Representative to NROTC 

Administering the Oath of Office N.R.O.T.C Commander James M. Hicks 

Administering the Oath of Office A.R.O.T.C Captain Zane H. Jones 

BENEDICTION Reverend Edward F. Carroll 

*Alma Mater - Savannah State College Hymn 

♦♦RECESSIONAL "Pomp and Circumstance". . .Sir Edward Elgar 

Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist 

Savannah State College Hymn 

J. Randolph Fisher and Hillary Hatchett 

Let us give thanks and praise to Thee 

To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. 

Thine honor, pride, and eminence, 

We raise in prayerful reverence. 

Guide us still from day to day, 

Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way; 

Help us know that life, short or long, 

Means unceasing work for weak and strong. 


Where Savannah meets the sea, 

Where grassy plains and palms abound, 

Where the Flow'rs are gems of loveliness, 

There S.S.C. is found. 
We adore each beauteous scene and hall, 

Our all we pledge to Thee! 
In our hearts we'll build a shrine for Thee 
We hail Thee, S.S.C! 
* The audience is requested to stand. 

** The audience is requested to remain seated until the recession has exited. 

USHERS - N.R.O.T.C. Midshipmen 

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Angel Maria Boles Savannah State University 

Rodney Sean Byrd Mercer University 

Theresa Michelle Burroughs Savannah State University 

Michele Rene Carthon Savannah State University 

Irvin Rolindo Clark Florida A. & M. University 

Demond Davis Savannah State University 

Nicole Simone Fields Savannah State University 

Karen Errolyn Fowles Armstrong Atlantic State University 

Lazarus Jawiyambe Savannah State University 

Tieachia Johnson Savannah State University 

Sheron Monique Thomas Savannah State University 

Undine Venecia Truedell Tuskegee University 

Kimalecia Lashay Weekes Savannah State University 

JWaster of Social OTorfe 

Ella Marie Arnold Armstrong Atlantic State University 

Leon Banks, Jr Howard University 

Daria LuCree Cetti Armstrong Atlantic State University 

Kimberly Lane Davis University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Ann Juliette Driessen Savannah State University 

April Lee Hicks Georgia Southern University 

Lisa Jane Howard University of Wisconsin 

Dorothy A. McClendon Valdosta State University 

Alisa Carole Monfalcone Furman University 

Carey Pilot Sawyer Coker College 

Robert Alexander Stephens, Jr Fort Valley State University 

Beverly Denise Conaway Talick Savannah State University 

Charles Edwin Tift Albany State University 

Claudia Nancy Wallace University of Florida 

Benny Keith Wilkey Georgia Southern University 



**Tamika Nicole Blige Savannah, Georgia 

**John R. Conner Savannah, Georgia 

*Carolyn Crudup Hardeeville, South Carolina 

Precious Reunsha Griggs Stone Mountain, Georgia 

Richard Brendan Hurst Savannah, Georgia 

Jacquet Eric Thomas Augusta, Georgia 

Sabrina Angela Williams Turks and Caicos Islands 

**Matt Shane Wright Savannah, Georgia 

Computer information intern* 

Desiree Smith Boyd Savannah, Georgia 

Christy Danelle Brown Savannah, Georgia 

Freddie W. Brown III Savannah, Georgia 

!Angel De-Laudie Bryant Savannah, Georgia 

Lisa Monique Singleton Savannah, Georgia 

Yolanda Sheri Owens Thomas Savannah, Georgia 

Nikisha Va-shon Weston Savannah, Georgia 


Damian Jason Crowder Powder Springs, Georgia 

Curtis Kenyette Dupree Atlanta, Georgia 

Ella Mae Jackson Savannah, Georgia 

Chansette R. Smith Atlanta, Georgia 

Vanessa Renee Strong Union City, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 


*Natalie Lakeisha Brown Austell, Georgia 

Leslie Cummings Harris Atlanta, Georgia 

*Ebony Kawanna Hendley Stone Mountain, Georgia 

* Christopher Holmes Talbotton, Georgia 

*Charlean Parks Greenville, Georgia 

Angela Latrelle Posey Hinesville, Georgia 

Jeanese Reese-Riley Savannah, Georgia 

Accounting anti Computer information interns 

Hubert Leonardo Bailey Bronx, New York 

ISylvester R. Ginn Savannah, Georgia 


Cngligl), Hanguage arib literature 

**Kathleen Kirby Freeman Savannah, Georgia 

Cassandra Antionette Maynor Savannah, Georgia 

**Sheila Sweeney Phillips Savannah, Georgia 

Jflastf Communications? 

Kenya Lawrence Cabine College Park, Georgia 

Brandy La'Ret Cofield LaGrange, Georgia 

Christie Lynn Haggray Stone Mountain, Georgia 

*Stephanie Lavelle Jackson Wrens, Georgia 

Kelli Kawana Kashun Richardson Fayetteville, Georgia 

Cheryl Denise Roberson Savannah, Georgia 

*Brenda Scott- Walker Savannah, Georgia 

Tarik J. Smiley Jacksonville, Florida 

Tamiko Lawanda Taylor Cordele, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

* Melissa Ann Teemer Albany, Georgia 

Nicole Asriyia Thatch College Park, Georgia 

**Valorie Lattice Williams Atlanta, Georgia 

Zakiyya Kyieada Williams Savannah, Georgia 

Karla Patrice Wright Savannah, Georgia 

Recreation anb $arfe &bminis»tration 

Artis Lee Adams, Jr Boston, Georgia 

**Marissa Amy Alexander Savannah, Georgia 

Britt LeeAndre Henderson Sanford, Florida 

Reginald Lamont Jackson Brunswick, Georgia 

African anb &frican-&merican g>tubies 

*Teah Latrell Jones Savannah, Georgia 

*Priscilla Aquilla Dickerson Savannah, Georgia 

Jacqueline Brown Petty Savannah, Georgia 

Wanike Lakedra Shakespeare Macon, Georgia 

*ShakaZulu Savannah, Georgia 

Criminal Justice 

*Huriyah Abdul Al-Batin Savannah, Georgia 

*Tameiko Fatrice Allen Dry Branch, Georgia 

Jumaane Haki Davis Stone Mountain, Georgia 

Abdullah Foster Bronx, New York 

LaTasha Monique Gaines Hartwell, Georgia 

Felicia Sheree Johnson Savannah, Georgia 

Yolanda Laverne Lee Fairburn, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

*Chiquitta Raquel Lewis Sparta, Georgia 

Kelsey Carnell Lowe Eatonton, Georgia 

^Political Science 

Milton Edward Ashford, Jr Columbia, South Carolina 

Jacquelin Davis-Moran Savannah, Georgia 

Willie Green III Savannah, Georgia 

Ingrid Fredericka Head Marietta, Georgia 

**Vernon Lee Jones, Jr Savannah, Georgia 

**Fahez Ahmad Nadi Levittown, New York 

*Willie Jay White Walterboro, South Carolina 

Starr Elena Woods Daytona Beach, Florida 

Curtis K. Addah Ontario, Canada 

Dahlia Terika Gaines Hartwell, Georgia 

Kelli Desell Jackson College Park, Georgia 

Phyllis Denise Jones Savannah, Georgia 

Tamika Michelle Joyner Washington, District of Columbia 

Natasha Evette Patterson Macon, Georgia 

Cynthia Rollins Hinesville, Georgia 

Delores Hamilton Sledge Savannah, Georgia 

Tawanda Nichelle Walker Sandersville, Georgia 

Social Wotk 

Kamwanya Mulenga Belle Eatonton, Georgia 

Allessia FaSheltryce Billingslea West Point, Georgia 

*Valerie Pearline Blount Savannah, Georgia 

CatrenaRenee Carter Fitzgerald, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

1999 Special Jfonorees 
Major (Richard %, bright Award 

MS. 'Virginia JA.. (Edwards, a native of Savannah, is a 1967 sociology 

graduate of Savannah State. She continued her education to earn a Master's degree in 
history from Armstrong State and an Educational Specialist degree in administration 
from Georgia Southern. 

Edwards was honored in 1993 by the National Association for Equal 
Opportunity in Education (NAFEO) with the "Distinguished Alumnus" award for her 
achievements. Her tenure in the Savannah-Chatham County public school system 
spans more than 30 years. Edwards has served in capacities including acting 
superintendent, deputy superintendent of instruction, executive director of schools, 
principal, assistant principal and teacher of social studies. 

Ms. Edwards is a member of several civic and professional organizations, 
including the Youth Futures Authority, Phi Delta Kappa and the NAACP. She also 
received the distinction as Port City Business and Professional Women, Inc., 1998 
Woman of Achievement. 

As superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public schools, she has 
brought stability and strong leadership to the helm of one of the most important 
organizations in the coastal empire and continues her lifelong commitment to our most 
precious resource - our children. 

Cyrus Cj. WiCey Awards 

(professor (Emerita Louise Lautier Owens 'began her life's work 

at Powell Laboratory School on Savannah State's campus. The journey from second 
grade critic teacher to college instructor to assistant professor to associate professor to 
professor marked the milestones in her teaching career. Upon her retirement, the 
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia presented her the honorific of 
"Professor Emerita." 

Owens holds the B.S. degree in Education from Georgia State Industrial 
College, the M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan 
and a certificate for study at the Georgetown University School of Linguistics. She has 
done extensive study at New York University and Florida State University. 

Professor Owens is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi, 
honorary societies in Education. She has been cited in Outstanding Educators of 
America, was selected "Alumnus of the Year" by SSUNAA and named "Distinguished 

Alumnus" by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Education (NAFEO). 
She is a life member of the College Language Association, National Education 
Association, Langston Hughes Society, Association for Higher Education, National 
Council of Teachers of English, Savannah State University National Alumni Association, 
NAACP and Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. She is a communicant of First 
Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. 

In addition to teaching duties and committee assignments, Professor Owens' 
work at Savannah State has included Chairman Pro Tern of the English Department, 
editor and director of the 1971 and the 1981 Institutional Self-Study. Though retired, 
she continues to work with the Southern Regional Press Institute and other campus 

(Dean Academic o£ (Professor Emerita Margaret 

(^IttSftOLttl jt\PultlSOtl, a Savannah native, is a 1952 magna cum laude graduate 

of Savannah State earning her degree in Biology. She received the M.S. degree in 
Botany from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Plant Cell Physiology from 
Washington University where she was the second African American and the first female 
Research Fellow. 

Dr. Robinson's stellar career as an educator and champion of access and 
excellence spans five decades. Beginning in 1952 in rural Jefferson County, Georgia, 
it includes 35 years of dedicated service to her Alma Mater. Robinson came to 
Savannah State in 1959 as the first female biology instructor. She became the head of 
the biology department in 1969. Dr. Robinson developed a modernized biology 
curriculum that included a core of courses to accommodate underprepared students 
and senior year research and seminar requirements. This curriculum received national 
recognition, $2.5 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation - 
College Science Improvement Program and is noted as the first federal grant received 
at the institution. Robinson assumed the deanship in 1980 - a position she held until 
her retirement in 1994. Dr. Robinson left retirement briefly and returned to serve as 
Dean for academic year 1995-96. 

Professor Emerita Robinson's contributions include volunteer work in the local 
community serving on numerous years on boards such as United Way Board of 
Directors, EOA Board of Directors - President, Chairman of Federal Emergency 
Management Board, and NAACP. 

Dr. Robinson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and continues 
her service to the institution as an active member of SSU National Alumni Association. 
She has received the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Education 
(NAFEO) "Distinguished Alumnus" award (1989) and currently serves as Chair of the 
Life Membership Committee and Wall of Scholars Committee. Dr. Robinson will 
become the first alumnus to have a portrait hung as a Golden Tiger for her gift to the 
Wall of Scholars' scholarship endowment fund. Robinson is an active member of First 
Bryan Baptist Church. 

Anita Christine Harrison Savannah, Georgia 

Katina Diana Johnson Savannah, Georgia 

Robert Ray Jordan, Jr Savannah, Georgia 

Schenterial Valentie Kent Savannah, Georgia 

Kiisha Versuan McCall Savannah, Georgia 

Raynette Robinson Marietta, Georgia 

*Brenda Joyce Spencer Savannah, Georgia 

Jacqueline Swan Savannah, Georgia 

Tracy Regina Underwood Savannah, Georgia 

Yanora Sharelle Wade Jacksonville, Florida 

Ruth Abraham Warnick Savannah, Georgia 

Stephanie Denise Williams Savannah, Georgia 


*Mario Tramaine Bennett Savannah, Georgia 

Duane Loren Bentley Garden City, Georgia 

Alan Keith Betrand, Jr Savannah, Georgia 

*Fecelia Laurice Billingslea LaGrange, Georgia 

**Felicia Latrice Billingslea LaGrange, Georgia 

***Bharti Bricola Burke Nassau, Bahamas 

Waymon Damon Cody Oxford, Georgia 

Christopher Jason Danns Thomaston, Georgia 

Derrick Antonio Frazier Savannah, Georgia 

Andrea Denise Fritz Atlanta, Georgia 

Sylvia Denise Gilchrist Hephzibah, Georgia 

Jo Ellen Rita Hassan Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Debra Vern Nesbitt Dania, Florida 

Adrienne Akisha Prather Decatur, Georgia 

Tracey LaTonya Saxton Columbus, Georgia 

***SummaCumLaude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

Jtlarine Science 

*Dana Lynn Davis Savannah, Georgia 

Jennifer Kasandra Knighton Auburn, Georgia 

**Ayana Milele McCoy Baltimore, Maryland 

*Vanessa Raquel Olivera Stone Mountain, Georgia 

Shunder Lakisha Simmons Loganville, Georgia 

Severn Brown Stevens III Columbus, Georgia 

<£nbironmentai Science 

Mary E. Brown Savannah, Georgia 

AhDae Christopher Cohen Savannah, Georgia 

Katrina Latrelle Crawford Bloomingdale, Georgia 

Alexeev Vershone Jones Savannah, Georgia 

Tanya Sheree Ross Hinesville, Georgia 


**Naila Elaine Allen Helena, Georgia 

*Warren E. Bowen Augusta, Georgia 

Dina Renee Lemon Savannah, Georgia 

Tanya Nelson-McDuffie San Francisco, California 

Yolanda Astrid Singleton Midway, Georgia 


Andrea Raniece Bryant Garden City, Georgia 

*Corris Chantell Garrett Savannah, Georgia 

Chenay Latrice Hood Savannah, Georgia 

Abdul Jabbar Mack Charleston, South Carolina 

**Freddie Perm II Tulsa, Oklahoma 

Bruce Terrell Smith Wrens, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude ! In Absentia 

Computer Science GTecfmotogp 

Selena Maria-Edwards Campbell Decatur, Georgia 

*Minga Shantal Dixon Vidalia, Georgia 

"Travoy L. Downing Baxley, Georgia 

Christopher Lee Haynie Atlanta, Georgia 

Tracey Lynnette Holt Thomaston, Georgia 

Charles Anthony McMullen, Jr Thunderbolt, Georgia 

*Kimberly Denise Milligan Savannah, Georgia 

**Nadia Anitra Ryder Macon, Georgia 

Cibil engineering Cecfmologp 

Desmore A. Joseph St. Thomas, Virgian Islands 

electronics? (Engineering ^ecfjnologp 

William Davis Boney III Atlanta, Georgia 

**Eric Bernard Hannor Montezuma, Georgia 

Jfflecfjanical (Engineering GTecfjnologp 

Demetria Altovese Campbell Savannah, Georgia 

Dexter Harris Macon, Georgia 

Norwood Clark Owens Columbia, South Carolina 

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*Adah Niombi Carter Fayetteville, Georgia 

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Lalelei Bonita Kelly Miami, Florida 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

Computer Science ^ecfjnoiogp anb JfflatJjemattcs 

*Marcus Antonio Goggins Covington, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude ! In Absentia 

Honor <grabuates 

umma Cum Haube (3J5 - 4.00) 

Bharti Bricola Burke 

JJlagna Cum TLaubt 

Marissa Amy Alexander 
Naila Elaine Allen 
Felicia Lattice Billingslea 
Tamika Nicole Blige 
John R. Conner 
Kathleen Kirby Freeman 
Eric Bernard Hannor 
Vernon Lee Jones, Jr 

(3.40 - 3 J49) 

Ayana Milele McCoy 

Fahez Ahmad Nadi 

Charlean Parks 

Freddie Perm II 

Sheila Sweeney Phillips 

Nadia Anitra Ryder 

Valorie Lattice Williams 

Matt Shane Wright 

Cum Haube (3.00 

Huriyah Abdul Al-Batin 
Tameiko Fatrice Allen 
Mario Tramaine Bennett 
Fecelia Laurice Billingslea 
Valerie Pearline Blount 
Warren E. Bowen 
Natalie Lakeisha Brown 
Adah Niombi Carter 
Carolyn Crudup 
Dana Lynn Davis 
Priscilla Aquilla Dickerson 
Minga Shantal Dixon 
Travoy L. Downing 
Corris Chantell Garret 

Shaka Zulu 


Marcus Antonio Goggins 

Roxanne Elizabeth Harris 

Ebony Kawanna Hendley 

Christopher Holmes 

Stephanie Lavelle Jackson 

Teah Latrell Jones 

Chiquitta Raquel Lewis 

Kimberly Denise Milligan 

Vanessa Raquel Olivera 

Tracey LaTonya Saxton 

Brenda Scott- Walker 

Brenda Joyce Spencer 

Melissa Ann Teemer 

Willie Jay White 

NOTE: Appearance of a name on any list in this program must not be considered as conclusive evidence of 
graduation. Persons who have met all requirements for a particular degree and whose names appear on the lists 
in this program will receive the degree indicated. 

2tfje Significance of tfje academic jffllace 

Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savannah State 
University Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, and 
magisterium vested in the University. The mace is a club-shaped staff which originated in the Middle 
Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed most often 
by legislative forums and academic enterprises. 

The official mace of Savannah State University was designed and made from mahogany 
wood by Dr. Ernest S. Brown, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Technology. Dr. Lester B. 
Johnson, Jr., former Head of the Department of Engineering Technology, designed and built the Mace 

The University motto is "Lux Et Veritas" (Light and Truth). 

Scabemic Costume* 

Modem academic dress, has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval 
Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore 
robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of 
academic apparel a half century ago, it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might 
follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now 
differing according to the degree the wearer has received. 

The modern cap, in academic dress, has the same design for all degrees: black and square- 
shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates 
the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by 
presidents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all 

The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred 
on the wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn 
closed. The gown for the master's degrees, worn open or closed, has an oblong sleeve, open at the 
wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its 
oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or 
closed, has long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings 
of the doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. 

The hood, while not an article of dress, is however, the most distinctive feature of the 
academic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down 
the back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the 
college or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and the 
shape of the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and 
a half feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide 
panel. Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. 

Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their 
degrees may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only 
those of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. 

In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief 
officer to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. 

The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. 

For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and 
tassels of caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American 
Intercollegiate Code is as follows: 

Arts, Letters, Humanities White Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray 

Business Drab Philosophy Dark Blue 

Economics Copper Physical Education Sage Green 

Education Light Blue Public Administration Peacock Blue 

Law Purple Science Golden Yellow 

Library Science Lemon Social Work Citron 

Music Pink Theology Scarlet 

At Savannah State University, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue 
background to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater.